Here are some ideas, beyond pasta and panini, for using basil pesto to its most delicious advantage.

Pesto roasted chicken: coat the bird (and smear a little under the skin), then roast as usual (Hungry Celeste).

Brush pesto on pork chops, then grill; it helps form a nice crust, and gives a great rustic flavor (HeelsSoxHound).

Pesto adds depth to omelettes, and perks up scrambled eggs.

Drizzle pesto over fresh mozzarella and tomatoes.

Mix with a little lemon juice and use as a salad dressing.

Stuff mushroom caps with pesto and bake…or brush on grilled sliced portobellos and melt fresh mozzarella on top.

Avocado pesto salad: big chunks of avocado, red onion, peeled cucumber, and ripe tomato tossed with pesto (GG Mora).

Use it to baste grilled veggies or meats, or toss with spaghetti squash or zucchini ribbons.

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